Underneath It All
It is one of life's passages
to throw off old identities
and try on someone new.
We all have a closetful
of old costumes, language, attitudes
when we've felt
our naked mannequin
grown frayed and stained
would not be enough
to fit in gain acceptance praise.
it is only
our battered inner essence
that can ever make connection
with all the other
battered inner essences
loving to be loved.
always just waiting
underneath it all.
Prose is a primarily a writing site, that is a site where you post your writing. It is secondarily a reading site. The way one comes by followers is by reading - a tradition is read 10 for each write you post - you follow writers whose posts appeal, connect or you appreciate. Often by liking, reposting and eventually following a writer, that writer is encouraged to read, like, reposts and may decide to follow your writing. Writing challenges provides more readership of your work as the entries get higher readership than most stand alone postings.
The Cycle Repeats
that’s the nice way
to say temperamental.
There are times I am
optimistic kind generous forgiving
hair trigger annoyed
at just about everything
and not shy about expressing it.
I’ve had to eat my words
especially those so bitter
the aftertaste still lingers
the cycle repeats.
stuck in a rut of inertia
unmotivated probably bored.
Without something in your life
that nags at you to be changed:
never having enough
an unfulfilling job
you'd never make the changes
necessary to remove deficiencies
from your life.
It has been famously said
that problems are opportunities in work clothes
I'd add that the ones that aren't
are also helpful as
finding out what you don't want
is actually more important than
striving for things you wish for.
And The Winners Are...
With this round of challenges, I experienced many unexpected results. As always, in these challenges, I am looking for uniqueness of thought, originality of expression and skillfulness in crafting cohesive content.
The "New Writers who have joined Us in the last 6 Months" Challenge asked for a paragraph introducing themselves but many instead chose to submit a sample of their work...here using popular "likes" as my guide, the Winner is:
"A few words to be Shared" by @besbatko
"My home" by @maddie16
"My Fourth Lifetime" by @tinad
The "You Can't Write What You Don't Know" Challenge expanded my knowledge about what I know about writing.
"sympathy >" by @Emleigh
"So?" by @PapaAbe
"Took This Prompt Too Literally" by @Anonymus_Cookie
"The best way to predict the future is to create it" Challenge entires also taught me a thing or two. The Winner is:
"The Braid of Life" by @akitoyn
"Trauma" by @Ravenths
"Futuring" by @7v7
The March Word Play Challenge showed how many people think alike and submit the exact same phrases and word usages of the challenge words, the aim of these challenges is to use the words in unique and unexpected ways where the challenge words disappear into the fabric and tone of the story or poem, therefore the Winner is:
"Friday Night at the Engineers Lounge" by @BJLeCrae
"Driver" by @Anonymus_Cookie
"My love is a potato" by @Invisible Writer
Winners receive their prizes in Prose Cash which, per my understanding, can be cashed in once $60 has been accumulated in your account. Honorable Mentions receive $1 in Support.
Bestowed Not Earned
All souls imbued with their unique superpower
talent gift purpose only they can accomplish in their way
toddlers exhibit this
before schooling parenting social pressures
to belong conform fit in
wad them up into indistinguishable blobs
so strong the longing
to be an individual
as defined by social media and those around them
the me within gets lost
for a time
never absent unavailable gone
as you can't lose who you were born to be.
This thing called talent
often mistaken for a striving toward celebrity
to be published shown paid admired up on a stage
generally forcing the me into someone else's purpose
for someone else's reasons
never quite works
ending in empty dissatisfaction even with any success.
Talent is doing what comes naturally
what flows most easily what brings you sheer joy
that's how you know
you've found your superpower
bestowed not earned.
This and That
still and always
and there are those days
you think it is simply not worth it
considering your options
turning tumbling them
in the palm of your hand
then it lifts
the air around turning
warmth on your soul
and you recall
nothing lasts forever
The Time to be Right
Waiting is an experience
one people use
to put off those things
actions they fear
unsure of the outcome.
Some wait for a sign
or their lives to become more perfect
finances in order
when I feel better about myself
lose weight finish school after I get through this...
experience their entire lives
waiting putting off
believing thinking about trying is doing
living in a state of benign acceptance
comparing themselves to everyone else
also waiting for
the time to be right.
Mental Health Naysayers
It is all in your head
the disparagers said
if you'd straighten your life
you'd have no need for strife.
But science has shown
mind-body link zone
can you continue to deny
what you can see with your own eye?
Alleviate Suffering Now
From all the prattle I hear about it, boredom does seem to cause those having the condition to suffer much as those indulging in any self-inflicted wallow. Basking, indulging, giving oneself up to feelings of disinterest in life, finding nothing in one's surroundings to do, is simply a shiftless, indolent, lethargic response to having been taught that to be excessively self-centered and immature, through environmental or parental actions, is entitled for those so well conditioned to be completely dependent upon external entertainment, affirmation, gumption they are left with no skills or purpose to self-stimulate.
It is sad for those individuals and sadder still for a diminished society that so many slump in bedroom corners or worst yet never emerge from comfy duvets because they simply are bereft of interpersonal skills and without outside titillation find themselves incapable of stirring up any curiosity, regard, enjoyment, heed without some outside source of distraction, amusement, pleasure, prodding. Such are a generation created by parents - both having to work ignoring their children, feeling guilty and instead of love - giving them unlimited quantities of stuff and screen time to fill the ensuing emptiness in their vast abandoned souls.
Luckily, this is one condition where all that suffering can be cured in a very few simple actions. First, go out and do something. Walk, observe nature, exercise all of your senses: look, listen, smell, touch, taste the freshness of the air, the warmth of the sun, feel the stimulation of your neurotransmitters pumping serotonin through your body as you stroll 20 minutes or so. Next watch real people. Look, listen...as you open your mind to both differences and similarities between yourself and living breathing humans. Then think of what you have you are not using that you could give away: clothes jammed into full closets, stuff junking up your room, time you never use for anything. Then go one step further: consider how you can be of service, to those close, those within your locale, those in need. Volunteer at a hospice facility if you want to learn how precious moments of life truly are, contribute your days feeding those in a homeless shelter to understand by comparison the value of what you've been given, step forward to help at a school or day-care reading, listening, providing to those younger than you what you always wished someone had taken the time to do with you.
Boredom is a disability both taught and then self-inflicted. The good news is there is no need to suffer, no real need of an intervention, medication, therapy...self-help is yours for the doing. Move, give, serve...do it now. You have the power, strength and means to change and alleviate suffering in both yourself and the world around you.